Over 2.5 million people worldwide live with spinal cord injury (SCI)-induced paralysis, a condition that affects a large number of veterans. Clinical research has shown that step training with body-weight support on a treadmill (BWST) and manual assistance can benefit people with SCI. Worldwide efforts are being made to automate BWST training with robotic devices. We measured the movements and forces that therapists exerted on patients during BWST training to assess the most effective manual training patterns and to use them to design more effective robotic gait-training strategies.
Volume 48 Number 2, 2011
Pages 147 — 160
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